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Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

One of the things I feel most polarized about (no pun intended, ha ha) our trip to New York was not bringing my Nikon DSLR. It was great not having to carry it around and truly be able to enjoy our trip and experience, but at the same time, my little point-and-shoot didn’t take nearly as good photos.

New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto

I really do think that our lunch at Mario Batali’s Del Posto restaurant was the highlight of the entire New York trip for me. Yes, even more than going to Kleinfeld Bridal, amazingly :) Batali’s Del Posto is a fine dining restaurant located near Chelsea Market in New York. It’s an absolutely gorgeous space and yes, the food is exquisite.

New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto

Kim, Greg, Allan and I decided to go for lunch there as the lunch menu is significantly less expensive than the dinner menu, with a prixe-fixe menu of 3 courses for $29. Although it’s not listed on the menu, you can actually add an extra course and it’s only $39 for 4 courses. An amazing deal for the quality of food.

New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto

The amount of food we went through was ridiculous. We started off with an amuse bouche of a traditional Italian egg drop soup, some crispy accompaniments and of course some freshly baked bread.

New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto

I would say the appetizers were the real standouts for me. The fresh harvest vegetables were perfectly crisp with a delicately flavoured vinaigrette. The fried calamari with capers was RIDICULOUSLY good. Wow! If you only order one dish at Del Posto, I highly recommend this one.

New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto

Next up was our first pasta dishes which were also very good. The pumpkin cappellacci with brown butter and sage was flavourful and melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and the garganelli verdi al ragu bolognese was so so good — a real ragu bolognese is a treat.

New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto

Other dishes we tried included the beef rib eye, arctic char, slow-baked lamb and more pasta were executed with care, high quality ingredients, and tons of flavour.

New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto

Before we knew it, we were stuffed and it was onto dessert… way too much dessert! The chocolate ricotta tortino with pistachios and ice cream and the butterscotch semifreddo melon agrumata were sweet, rich of flavour, and fresh without being too heavy.

New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto

We were also treated by the chefs to a “chocolate tree” which was stunning.

New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto

Lunch is finished off with complimentary petit fours including various salted and sweet caramels, chocolate pops, and truffles. Wow, what a good value.

New York - Mario Batali's Del Posto

We walked out of the restaurant feeling happily full. Service was impeccable, the live piano playing was quiet enough for conversation but beautiful enough to create atmosphere, and the building itself with the staircases, columns and fresh flowers is just a pleasure to dine in. We highly recommend the lunch at Del Posto for the value and quality of food and service.

New York - Museum of Modern Art

After lunch, Allan and I rushed off to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) to explore the famous museum and take in some art.

New York - Museum of Modern Art

New York - Museum of Modern Art

I thought MoMa was amazing. Not only is it a cool space to walk around in, but the variety of art was very impressive.

New York - Museum of Modern Art

The architecture section was probably my favourite. I loved the miniatures they had of some of the most incredible architectural buildings around the world.

New York - Museum of Modern Art

My only regret is not having more time to explore!

New York - Buddakhan

It was a busy day but it was about to become an even busier night! We rushed over to Buddakhan to meet up with a whole bunch of friends from different walks of life all the way from elementary school to university.

New York - Buddakhan New York - Buddakhan

Buddakhan is a large restaurant/lounge inside the Chelsea Market and is also the place where Carrie and Big had their rehearsal dinner in Sex and the City! I couldn’t believe how many people they could pack into the lounge section and the restaurant section.

New York - Buddakhan

The dining room is BEAUTIFUL and would be lots of fun for a birthday party or large group at the communal table. Most of the tables were in the upper floors or around the communal table.

New York - Buddakhan

Allan and I waiting for friends to arrive and our table to be set.

New York - Buddakhan New York - Buddakhan

Although the atmosphere was super trendy and fun, I was a little disappointed by the food for the price. It was good, but not fantastic, and quite expensive overall for both food and drink. Not to mention the service was very slow so it took us over 3 hours to finish our meal.

New York - Buddakhan

I think the dessert was probably the highlight. I loved the creative designs and it was very rich and flavourful.

New York - Buddakhan

But the best part was the people! It was nice to meet new friends and see many old friends from elementary school, high school and university. Our friends are starting to get engaged and married now too, so it was wonderful to celebrate that with them.

New York - Pub Crawl New York - Pub Crawl

We then walked over to a different area of town (I wish I could remember the name!) and had a mini pub crawl. We started out at the Biergarten. It was busy but lots of different kinds of beers!

New York - Pub Crawl New York - Pub Crawl

Then it was over to the Brass Monkey where we stayed for a couple hours and had some drinks, dancing and catching up to do.

New York - Griffin Nightclub

Lastly we headed over to Griffin Nightclub where our friends managed to get us in and secure a private bottle service box for us overlooking the entire club! It was really cool, and Allan and I definitely felt spoiled!

New York - Griffin Nightclub

Except we were a bit suspicious if they had watered the booze down…

New York - Griffin Nightclub

That being said, the music was really good and we had a lot of fun going out clubbing in New York!

New York - Taxi

Pretty soon we were off in a cab back to our hotel…

New York - Pizza

… and of course, ended the night, as always, with a New York slice of pizza. :)


Friday, October 9th, 2009

Chandelier at the Shangri-La

Yesterday Allan and I were invited by the wonderful Shelley (Communications Director for Top Table Restaurants) to a sunset party at Vancouver’s Shangri-La Hotel. It was a fun-filled classy evening celebrating the launch of Chef James Walt’s cookbook for the Whistler restaurant Araxi. Yes, of Hell’s Kitchen fame.

Araxi Cookbook

Araxi has been one of my favourite restaurants for many, many years now… and we always try to visit a couple times a year. I’d been hearing about this cookbook for months now, and I was so excited to hear that all guests were receiving a signed copy of the cookbook! I absolutely cannot wait to make some recipes from the book. I’ll make sure to post photos when I do.

Shangri-La Lobby View from the suite looking down

The party was on the 58th floor in a suite overlooking our beautiful city. Our ears were popping like crazy in the elevator. The Shangri-La is so tall that it really feels like you are looking down on the other high rises.

Beautiful sunset view of Vancouver from the suite

Not to mention we were treated to a stunning sunset throughout the event.

Wine at the party Plating canapes Some beverages that were served People Mingling

Guests were served a nice selection of wine, and some delicious canapes prepared by Chef James Walt and the team from Araxi. My favourite was definitely the braised short rib, but Allan sure thinks the tuna was the winner.

Desserts at the party

There were some beautiful desserts as well… I had my fair share of chocolates that evening.

Chef James Walt

There was lots of mingling, and it was great to meet some of the food critics, magazine editors, chefs, and other professionals in the food industry. Not to mention getting to finally meet Miss 604 in person, and the lovely Keira-Anne.

Signing my book Chef James Walt and I

At the end of the event, Chef James Walt began signing books for everyone. It was great to talk to him again outside of Araxi and get a photo with him. Excuse my stupid look here, I’m pretty sure I was way too excited to get a picture with him.

Chef James Walt signing my book

He lives in Pemberton (near the farms, on a farm…) and is big on local produce and sustainability as I mentioned in my previous post on Araxi.

I decided to go for blue on blue Cocktails Halibut main Desserts

We worked up an appetite with all the food teasers, and so we stopped in for a quick bite at the Shangri-La’s Lobby Lounge. We had a couple cocktails, appetizers, and some yummy mains and desserts. Pretty good for bar food!


Pappardelle main

What a fun night! Thanks to Shelley, Chef James Walt, and Araxi for throwing a fabulous party.

Lobby Bar at the Shangri-La

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